Azadeha Ansari says:
"Mental health has a long-standing public perception problem, but the stigma appears to be shifting, at least in the United States, a new survey reveals. Results from a national online survey on mental health, anxiety and suicide indicate that 90% of Americans value mental and physical health equally.
'Progress is being made in how American adults view mental health, and the important role it plays in our everyday lives. People see connection between mental health and overall well-being, our ability to function at work and at home and how we view the world around us,' said Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The survey also revealed that people ages 18 to 24 are becoming more comfortable with seeking medical help and are more likely to consider it a sign of strength to see a medical health professional, compared with older people."
This is wonderful news. Many advocates for mental health have worked long and hard to change the way people think about an illness of the brain and knowing that progress is being made makes all the hard work worth it.
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